In his latest thread of tweets, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni says Lesotho should open up its border to a federal state with South Africa.
Lesotho: A Political Crisis or a typical winter’s day? Most of the key people involved here in these developments were either comrades or adversaries or classmates at the National University of Lesotho in the 1980s. SLF, SDF, CASSAS, etc. What we do when we grow up!! Amazing.— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) January 12, 2020
Lesotho Political Crisis:Those who think that SADC or some political internal goodwill will solve this crisis don’t understand both the political economy of the Lesotho State or the political economy of Lesotho society. My view:the solution is southern African.Remove the border!— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) January 12, 2020
Lesotho Political Crisis: Anybody who thinks that they will annex Lesotho should talk to me. We, BaSotho will never countenance such thing. Mutually agree to remove borders and create a democratic Co-Federation. Yes. Me, on the side of BaSotho.— Tito Mboweni (@tito_mboweni) January 12, 2020
Eyewitness News reporter Nthakoana Ngatane says many people leaving Lesotho into South Africa have also made a similar call over time.
Sort of like an EU-type arrangement where people are able to go into South Africa and look for jobs, without having to produce any kind of documentation apart from their Lesotho identity document.— Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - EWN
In the past, the minister of finance studied in Lesotho. He did not need a passport to go into Lesotho because Lesotho was welcoming to refugees from South Africa. He says he enjoyed that opportunity so, because of that, he has developed quite a fond relationship with Lesotho.— Nthakoana Ngatane, Reporter - EWN
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